Ben Stiller was minding his own business, taking in a day of tennis at the Indian Wells tournament in California on Thursday, March 17, when he found himself dragged into an exchange between one of the players and a heckler in the crowd.
As People reported, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, notorious for his short fuse, was taking on Rafael Nadal when, just as he was about to serve, a heckler shouted at him.
Kyrgios paused, and responded to the heckler, “Are you good at tennis?”
“No,” the heckler responded.
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“Exactly,” Kyrgios answered, “so why are you speaking?”
After the crowd laughed, Kyrgios paused once more and pointed at Stiller, seated with with wife Christine Taylor in the front row.
“Do I tell him how to act? No,” he said, referencing the “Zoolander” star, who smiled wryly while Taylor appeared to chuckle.
Does @NickKyrgios tell @BenStiller how to act? Don’t think so…#IndianWells pic.twitter.com/wrq9j5VBSi
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 18, 2022